Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
(of a pod or seed vessel, or a cut or wound) gape or burst open:‘after the anther lobes dehisce, the pollen is set free’
- ‘A capsule was considered mature when it dehisced or reached full size.’
- ‘Upon maturation in October through November, the outer husk dehisces, exposing white arillate seeds.’
- ‘An acute wound that does not proceed to heal in an orderly manner, such as a dehisced incision, may become a chronic wound.’
- ‘When the fruits were ready to dehisce, the seeds were counted, weighed and planted to test for germinability as described in the previous experiment.’
- ‘They indicate a draining and possibly dehisced wound, and they can be irritating to the skin.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin dehiscere, from de- away + hiscere begin to gape (from hiare gape).
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.